Reclaiming the Library

hi all- Meredith here.

I am very happy to report that I’ve had a not-unproductive week (like that double negative? I can’t quite commit to reporting full productivity, but I’m not afraid to admit I got close).

I spent the week working at the Stauffer library — at a bright table on the third floor. During the academic year I sometimes find it hard to get my work done at the main library because it’s so packed-full of undergrads. Many seem more intent on chatting them they do on quietly getting their work done (gosh I sound curmudgeonly writing this, no?).

I spent much of the term writing on the top floor of Douglas library – but I do like the airiness at Stauffer. Now that most of the undergrads have headed home for the summer, the library is a bastion of quiet productivity again. I actually checked out a book the other day and said something along those lines to one of the librarians. She gave me a warm smile and said “I know! It’s actually starting to feel like a real library again!”

What I’ve enjoyed about my Stauffer work-week is that in working in the same general area of the library every day, I’ve already started to get to know (or at least recognize) my table-mates. In fact yesterday I exchanged pleasantries with one young student (1st year going into 2nd) and before the day was done, he was quietly sliding his way over to my side of the table to ask me questions about formatting (among other things).

The good news is that I managed to find some substantial focus through the week, too. I managed to write a few articles, post a couple of entries on my project-blog and even do a little reading (I am determined to do more of it this summer. I haven’t been making enough time to read, and that’s not good — especially considering that I am a graduate student!)

I’ve also been making sure to schedule in enough trips to the gym (to keep sane), on top of my regular dance classes and rehearsals. For those of you who don’t read regularly, I dance with a local group and we’re gearing up to do a performance on Tuesday evening (it will be my first with the group). It’s meant a lot of extra practices and rehearsals — all of which take time, but which also give me a nice break from thinking about school stuff. After all, when you’re focused on trying to remember steps, placement, and other choreographic issues, it’s hard to think about anything else.

I don’t have any big plans for the weekend — I suspect I’ll be doing a fair bit of reading and writing and thinking. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the weather cooperates so I can spend some time on the balcony, though!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective

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